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Spanish Primera BBVA

(ATT 10,000) 15th September 2013 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

Granada Granada vs Espanyol Espanyol

Granada 0

O Ighalo (S/O 83)


Espanyol 1

M Lanzarote (76)

Controversial win for Espanyol

Last Updated: 15/09/13 1:35pm

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Manuel Lanzarote: Scored the winning goal

Manuel Lanzarote: Scored the winning goal

A late winner from Manuel Lanzarote allowed Espanyol to win 1-0 at Granada in controversial circumstances.

The midfielder struck the only goal of the game on 76 minutes following an indirect free-kick inside the Granada area which was wrongly awarded for a backpass.

Referee Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva then further angered the home crowd at El Nuevo Los Carmenes by sending off Odion Ighalo for dissent.

The result means Espanyol are still unbeaten after four games and move up to fifth in the Primera Division table, while Granada remain on four points, in 10th place.

The game took a while to get going, with Espanyol closing down their opponents with great success, but unable to create chances.

The first moment of drama arrived after half an hour, when Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla came out to gather a cross from Fran Rico, spilled the ball, then scrambled to retrieve it right on the goal line.

A minute later, David Lopez had the visitors' first effort, heading over the bar following a free-kick from Simao Sabrosa.

Brayan Angulo gave Espanyol a scare early in the second half, cutting inside from the wing to shoot at goal, but his effort went wide.

Raul Rodriguez then squandered a golden chance to score, heading over unmarked following a corner.

With 18 minutes remaining, Fran Rico was inches away from striking the winner from a free-kick, his shot just dipping over the bar.

Then Espanyol were awarded a free-kick inside Granada's area, after goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez picked up what the referee had judged to be a backpass from Fran Rico, which in reality was a weak shot from an Espanyol player which had deflected off the Granada midfielder.

Nonetheless, Lanzarote produced the perfect finish after receiving a lay off, curling the ball in off the post to leave Roberto stranded.

Granada almost responded immediately, as Riki ventured up the pitch but could only hit his shot onto the near post from a tight angle

Substitute Ighalo was then sent off 17 minutes after coming on, picking up two successive bookings in the same minute for protesting about time wasting by Casilla to the referee.

With five minutes to go Lanzarote came close to sealing the points, Roberto pushing his shot just wide of the post, the opportunity arising due to the hard work down the left hand side by Thievy Bifouma.

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4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
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16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22